Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, has welcomed the announcement made this morning that Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, gave permission for British Volt to build the UK's second gigafactory here in Northumberland, on a site in Blyth.
Once operating, the factory will produce enough batteries to power 300,000 electric vehicles, every year.
It will provide an estimated 3,000 new skilled jobs and support a further 5,000 jobs in the wider supply chain and north east economy.
"During my time as Energy Minister, I was involved in the discussions of this project behind the scenes, so I know how much of a draw the skilled workforce of Northumberland was for British Volt, and how instrumental the support of Northumberland County Council and my neighbouring colleague Ian Levy MP was in attracting this huge investment to our county.
"This is a huge boost for Northumberland and a ringing endorsement of the skilled workers we have here. Ensuring we harness the huge potential for green jobs is key to the success of the Government's net zero strategy, and I am thrilled Northumberland is leading the way."